I have been dreaming about having a 3D Printer at home for many years, but the ones with good quality are not affordable and the low costs just deliver poor quality. Sounds crazy but I decided to build a high resolution 3D Printer by myself at home (people actually said that I was crazy and this was impossible). The funny thing I never saw this type of machines in real life, and still haven’t seen one besides the one I built.
Now that I succeed building the first prototype, the target is to bring this low cost 3D Printer to every home, so we are developing the first affordable one with high resolution. I hope you enjoy our blog, follow us and you can have this printer in your home soon.
It seems to me like it’s always an issue of cost of the resin. The machine is actually fairly straight forward to build (it’s just a CNC with extra bits to do the light stuff, right). The magic is all in the resin which will harden when exposed to light and, from what I gather, is exorbitantly expensive.
When we see the polymer come down in price we’re going to see an explosion of high detail 3d printing.
Does anyone know of a cheap source of any photopolymer that can be used for this stuff?
The reprap resin printer project actually started thanks to a new source of resin : http://bucktownpolymers.com/polymer00.html
About 40$/L, so much much less than previous alternatives.
The guy that makes them even participates in the project.
Mr. Veloso just released the potential pricepoints today on his blog. Looks like $4k for a full kit and $600 for a core kit with electronics, software, and schematics. If you can get the results he shows in his videos on a consistent basis then it’s totally worth the cost…buuuut still out of my price range. The LemonCurry project looks very similar, but it’s open-source format makes it infinitely more appealing!
“$600 for a core kit with electronics, software, and schematics” actually means “$600 for the electronis” when the rest is quite obvious.
Current lemoncurry price estimate is around $500 for a fully modded ( with UV led and all ) DLP projector, with possibility to cost much less by DIY, and <$600 for the rest of the kit ( electronics, and the actual machine ).